Uttar Pradesh Civic Elections 2017: Mayawati-led BSP to Contest Alone
Lucknow, October 20: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to contest Uttar Pradesh civic elections alone. The party, led by Mayawati, says it will not enter into any pre-poll alliance with any party and neither will it have any kind of secret understanding for the civic elections which are due in the state in November 2017.
According to senior BSP leaders, party cadre is confident of putting up a good show in the civic elections even though the party had been badly mauled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 in March.
BSP leaders have told the cadre that the party will contest the panchayat, mayoral, wards and council elections on the party symbol, elephant. BSP supremo Mayawati has been conducting meetings with party leaders on civic elections to boost their confidence. She had called a meeting of zone coordinators in Lucknow a few days ago but could not make it due to some sudden engagements.
BSP Uttar Pradesh president Ram Achal Rajbhar had chaired the meeting in Mayawati’s absence and directed the coordinators to ensure the party’s win in their respective areas. The party has also asked the prospective ticket seekers to send their candidature to a panel setup for civic elections.
Following the meeting, BSP leader Ashok Singh said a panel will scrutinise the applications of ticket seekers and forward the shortlisted ones to the top leadership. The final decision on the candidates will be taken by the top leaders including Mayawati.
These civic polls are extremely crucial for Mayawati and BSP as the party has been on the downslide ever since losing power in the state in 2012 Assembly elections. BSP was decimated in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when it failed to win even a single seat.
In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies won a massive mandate securing 324 seats in the 403-member House. The Mayawati-led party ended a distant third with only 19 seats while the second spot was taken by Samajwadi Party (54 seats).